Originally Posted by BryanCO
And I certainly would make the drive.
I read through the entire thread - entertaining -- and shocking. I cannot believe that people have purchased bikes without riding them. Just wow. The last two bikes I purchased were way down on my shopping list. Rode them kind of on a whim and stopped shopping after the ride.
I think it's great that owners are passionate about their bikes but keep that filter in place. For example, one of the S10 owners who speaks very highly of the S10 has owned a bunch of bikes which don't happen to appeal to me -- chances are he is looking for something different in a bike than I am...
Like others have side, ride them and find which one speaks to you.
I agree....if you like riding...make a weekend out of heading to those dealers over a weekend. Ride the wing there and test ride the bikes. The best part is that you can immediatly compare to what your wing feels like.
I would also say that having no dirt experience might bite you when jumping to a large adv bike. It would be much better to pick up a small used dirt bike and spend a summer learning the ropes. The body positioning and so many other things are different on loose stuff than on pavement.
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Current Rides: '13 Street Triple R, '05 DR650, '05 DL1000, '03 SV650s, '01 W650, '02 KDX220
Past Rides: '82 GL500, '00 YZ426, '01 DRZ400S, '04 ST4S